Biologist Research

Scientific study is a key component of the purpose and function of the Museum of Natural Science.

Closeup of three birds orchid, which is considered an S2 species in MS; Photo credit: SoutheasternFlora.com

The Mississippi Natural Heritage Program (MNHP) identifies and maps in a database the localities of Mississippi's rarest plants, animals, exemplary natural communities, and special geological features to assist with development of state, national…

Biologist Research

Research and monitoring activities carried out or administered by museum staff generally target plants, plant communities and nongame wildlife within Mississippi. 

Fish and wildlife agencies in each state and territory have been charged by Congress with updating their State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) every 10 years.

Museum collections

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science biological collections originated in 1936, and currently consist of more than 1,000,000 specimens

Gopher Tortoise

An endangered species, as defined by Mississippi law, is any species or subspecies of wildlife whose survival and continued welfare in the state is in jeopardy or is likely to become so in the near future.

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science acts as the state permitting authority for wildlife rehabilitation facilities, scientific collecting and handling of wildlife species, and  propagation facilities for non-game species in need of…